Venue: Panachikkadu Saraswati Temple
Vidyarambham, literally translating to 'beginning of education', is among the most important traditions for Hindus across the State. Young children are initiated to the magical world of letters in a sacred temple ceremony, which is traditionally considered a major epoch in their life. Among the holiest sites for this ritual is the Panachikkadu Saraswati Temple, where it takes place during the Panachikkadu Festival, on the last day of the Navaratri Festival, Vijayadashami. Known as the Dakshina Mookambika (Mookambika Temple of the South), it is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. The Navaratri celebrations here are colourful events, with a multitude of cultural programmes taking over the entire place.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.